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Our Special Location

Our Special Location

Here at The Leys we aim to take full advantage of every opportunity the city of Cambridge has to offer. Cambridge is one of England’s most historic and cultural cities, and its university ranks amongst the best in the world.

It is also a centre of innovation and development, and has risen to be the UK’s leading technology and biotechnology cluster. This gives pupils at The Leys unparalleled opportunities to hear leading figures speak on matters from biotechnology to astronomy and cultural affairs.

Across all subject areas we maintain strong links with academics in the University. We arrange regular trips to its academic departments and host world-renowned guest speakers in our own Great Hall. We regularly arrange for postgraduates to mentor our brightest Sixth Formers in areas of special, individual academic interest, offering a level of mentoring and support which goes beyond the confines of A Level exam specifications. Many of our sports teams benefit from joining in the inter-collegiate sports competitions, our Chapel Choir regularly sings Choral Evensong in the stunning settings of College Chapels, often performing collaboratively with the choirs of those Colleges, and our annual Leavers’ Ball takes place at Queens’ College, a mere five-minute walk through the meadows and along the river.

There are hundreds of acres of green space (it is one of the UK’s greenest cities) and a lively, year-round calendar of cultural events, rivalling London in its diversity and breadth. The number of concerts taking place in iconic settings, not to mention the range of stage productions across Cambridge, provide a wealth of opportunities and a unique experience for Leys pupils. More information detailing the school’s links with the university can be found in the CamEx brochure below.

Add to this its proximity to the capital and excellent transport links (just 50 minutes from London and within easy reach of all London’s international airports) and you can see why Cambridge is viewed as one of the best places to study and live in the UK.

The University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, the mission of the University of Cambridge is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

To date, over 90 affiliates of the university have won the Nobel Prize.

The University comprises 31 autonomous colleges and 150 departments, faculties and institutions. It is a global university: its 19,000 student body includes 3,700 international students from 120 countries. Cambridge researchers collaborate with colleagues worldwide, and the university has established partnerships in Asia, Africa and America.

The Leys is located directly opposite the Department of Engineering and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, and a short walk from other major university locations such as the University Chemical Laboratory, Judge Business School and the Fitzwilliam Museum. See map.

The Cambridge Phenomenon

The ‘Cambridge Phenomenon’ describes the incredible explosion of technology, life sciences and service companies that has occurred in the city since 1960. It has grown to be the UK’s leading technology cluster with a global reputation for innovation.

Set against the backdrop of the University of Cambridge, the cluster has evolved into one of the world’s most enterprising networks of people and companies.

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Wider Curriculum

The wider curriculum is one of the main pillars of Leysian life and is an integral part of the school week for all pupils, with a significant amount of time in the afternoons and early evenings devoted to it.

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